Brothers battered by hot Raiders
Ahead of their grand final rematch with City this weekend, the Raiders made it eight straight Mackay and District Rugby Union wins.
Whitsunday triumphed 48-0 last Saturday at the Whitsunday Sportspark, dominating a hapless Brothers.
The Raiders, winners of the past two premierships, led 31-0 at halftime following tries to Daniel Hayes, Neil Bacasno, Brent Cockbain, Alex Cousin and Shannon Wolland, who didn’t let the wet conditions hamper their try-scoring abilities.
After the break, Iosefo Vulu scored on the back of a stunning 40m burst from Shayne Marriner, but then the match turned into a hard slog as Brothers found the benefit of the referee’s whistle.
The visitors put together a solid 15-minute attacking phase but they weren’t able to penetrate Whitsunday’s staunch defence. Scott Gerrand capped another strong outing at fullback, producing a stunning solo effort.
Gerrand pounced on a loose ball and soccered ahead twice, covering more than 50m in a move against the run of play.
Cockbain, Hayes and Wolland were named the three best players for Whitsunday while veterans Luke Griffiths,